You can help add more years to your life by choosing a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Below are expert tips to help you achieve the life you desire.
A study published in the journal PLoS Medicine found that if you do 75 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week, like brisk walking, this was equivalent to 1,8 years added to your life; if you extended your exercise time to 150 minutes per week, 3,4 years would be added, and 450 minutes of exercise per week would extend your lifespan to almost 4,5 years.
Take care of your eyes
“Choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% UVA and UVB rays from the sun, this is equally important in winter,” says senior optometrist from Mellins i-Style, Rudine Diedericks. “Too much exposure to the sun can lead to serious eye conditions including keratitis and cataracts.” Sunglasses not only screen your eyes from the sun, but can help you avoid getting crow’s feet.
Dentist Dr Ronel Podde advises to floss under and between your teeth – the spaces a toothbrush can’t reach every day. “Plaque that lives in these spaces causes infections which can lead to heart disease, diabetes and premature birth.”
“A number of studies have shown that there is a link between more orgasms and longevity. Sex has also been shown to boost the body’s immune response, reduce stress, and even control one’s appetite – and it’s the most pleasant way to extend your life,” says Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe.
Everybody is juicing nowadays and research proves its benefits. A Vanderbilt University study found that if you consume three or more servings of fruit and vegetable juices each week, you would be 76% less likely to develop signs of Alzheimer’s over 10 years.
Repeated studies have found that optimists are more popular, have better relationships, and even live longer (one 30-year study found that optimists lived 19% longer than pessimists). It’s not a case of being born one or the other – you can notice your negative thought patterns and make the switch.
You will lower your risk of nutrition-related diseases by ensuring the food you eat retains its nutritional value. Dietician Kelly Lunch suggests you prepare your meals in a slow- cooking devise like the Wonderbag to ensure that all the nutrients remain in the pot. This not only adds years to your life, but helps Mother Nature too, as it requires no electricity.
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